I’ll start with a confession: pretty much all the shows I watch are from the U.S. They just do it better. There, I said it. The autumn, sorry, ‘Fall’, tv season has started, which I’m very excited about. Here are some of the shows I’m watching, and why.
Castle – The best popular show that no one’s heard of. I love it because: it’s about a writer; it’s got a great set of characters; it’s really well written; it’s got Firefly’s Nathan Fillion in it. The premise is that Castle, a crime writer, uses his skills to help out the NYPD in solving real crimes. There’s plenty of humour and the eccentric lead character really appeals.
Hawaii Five – O – I challenge you to watch it and not wish you were in Hawaii. Seriously. Other than that, it’s got a great formula: part tense crime drama; part character drama. The friendship between McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan) is recaptured really well from the original, and I look forward to their arguments in the car.
Damages – Ok, so the final season of Damages started a while ago, but I’m watching it now, so it counts (hey, it’s my blog). I honestly don’t have enough superlatives to describe this show. Probably the best writing I’ve seen. Go find the first season on DVD and watch the pilot. You’ll never think of a
lift elevator ding in quite the same way again.
The Mindy Project – I haven’t started watching this one yet, so I’m prepared to eat my words. I’m going to give it a chance because a) it’s a comedy, and I want to like a comedy again and b) it’s doing something different. Unlike seemingly every other ‘comedy’ that’s appeared in the last few years, ‘The Mindy Project’ isn’t about a ‘quirky’ white girl who moves to New York and proceeds to be unrelentingly ‘quirky’ in a series of contrived situations. Instead, it stars a black actress (what, not consigned to the best friend role?!) as a politically incorrect young doctor who’s pretty flawed and prone to a drink (she drunkenly rides her bike into a pool – I approve). Check out this glowing review from Sadie Gennis. Despite the dodgy title, I’m looking forward to this one.